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Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 at 11:30 am  |  62 responses

Jason Kidd Demotes Lawrence Frank from Brooklyn Nets Bench


by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd held a surreal press conference on Tuesday night, during which he announced that Lawrence Frank (the NBA’s highest-paid assistant) would no longer be allowed to sit next to him during games or practices.

There’s obviously more to this bizarre story, but Kidd would only reveal that there was a “difference in philosophies” between the two men (Frank coached Kidd in New Jersey in a previous basketball life.)

Per the NY Post and Yahoo! Sports:

“Lawrence has been reassigned to doing daily reports and he won’t be sitting on the bench or at practice,” Kidd said. “There’s the change. It doesn’t change the coaching staff. Guys will still be there sitting on the bench. That’s that.” [...] A league source said Frank was assigning tasks to fellow assistants — traditionally a responsibility of the head coach — and it didn’t sit well with other members of Kidd’s staff. Another source said the relationship between the two had gotten to the point where Kidd felt he was being undermined by Frank with players and assistant coaches on the staff. Kidd said no one will replace Frank, and the remaining coaches — John Welch, Roy Rogers, Joe Prunty, Eric Hughes and Charles Klask — will remain in their current roles.

After Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd blistered top assistant Lawrence Frank in a staff meeting on Nov. 4, the partnership was irreparably damaged and ultimately spiralled to its end on Tuesday, league sources said. Hours after a blowout loss to the Orlando Magic – Kidd’s first game on the bench following a two-game suspension to start the season – the entire coaching staff witnessed Kidd lose his temper with Frank and escalate a strangely uneasy and brief coaching partnership together. There had been conversations about moving forward together in recent weeks, league sources said, but the decision to let go of Frank was Kidd’s choice.

With money still coming in from his old head coaching gig in Detroit, and a six-year deal in Brooklyn, Lawrence Frank will now be paid more than $1 million annually to file a daily book report that Jason Kidd will never read.

The Nets moved to 5-13 on the season last night as they were blown out by the visiting Denver Nuggets 111-87, with Frank probably howling like a maniac from a dungeon underneath the Barclays Center.

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  • shockexchange

    Can someone use the words “The Shock Exchange” and “told ya so” in the same sentence?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lawrence Frank is making over $1 mill a year….to be a video coordinator.
    .
    At least Jason Kidd has absolved himself of the ability to point the finger at anyone else going forward.

  • Will Lee

    I don’t mind being Lawrence.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    The Nets soap opera continues.

  • the rain

    DWill and BLopez ruined this team, not JKidd. DWill had this ankle problem all last year, didnt fix it in the offseason, “sprained” it 3 times already. The team’s built around him. Imo he doesnt take the game seriously enough with his health with ankles and weight. And Brook Lopez? What a joke. Learn to play with some effort. Every time I watch him play he gets destroyed.

  • bike

    Next up: Kidd becomes obsessed with the theft of a quart of strawberries from the team kitchen just like Captian Queeg did in the Caine Mutiny.

  • Dfrance

    I’m just sad to see KG be a part of this circus as the sun sets on his career. He deserves better.

  • LakeShow

    I agree.

    BUT

    WTH happened to KG?? He is attempting 8.5 shots to average 6.5ppg…

  • spit hot fiyah

    it’s not nice to see. but he is also one of the many reasons they suck

  • LakeShow

    I agree with you on D-Will, but not Lopez.

  • spit hot fiyah

    “Lawrence Frank will now be paid more than $1 million annually to file a daily book report that Jason Kidd will never read.”

    i’m down to do that job

  • Yknot

    How long before Kidd tries a player/coach a la Bill Russell?

  • Dfrance

    Idk, he’s old? lol. He’s seemed to have fallen off drastically from last season. I haven’t seen any of the games so I can’t really say what it is.

  • Fitzy

    You can’t take Celtic Pride with you.

  • Fitzy

    i’ll do it for a quarter of the price.

  • Vince Gully

    Put a novice coach over an established head coach and you’re bound to have power struggles. I blame Prokhorov for creating this situation. Seems like all the moves he’s made was just to make a splash instead of what’s really good for the franchise long term. That’s what you get with an impatient owner with deep pockets.

  • LakeShow

    Haha, it was mostly rhetorical, but i’m empathetic to his situation. He would be shooting better if D-Will was setting him up. Or if Paul Pierce could still be an effective play-maker like he was…. Oh ya know, last year…

    The whole situation is weird.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    him and Pierce look like they aged a decade immediately after leaving Boston. who knows what’s going on.

  • LakeShow

    Exactly. Whoa…

  • Dfrance

    He should do it, and force them to unretire his number in the process. lol

  • ClydeSays

    Yeah, because if you have someone with actual coaching experience, you don’t need that on an NBA bench….

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    I have and it is literally tear jerking to see him play so poorly. It’s like Space Jam and he left his talents in Boston.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Hey Shock Exchange, I told ya so.

  • shockexchange

    LOL, that wasn’t quite the response SE was expecting, but then again he asked for it.

  • Saleem Rainman

    u know who took the biggest L in this whole mess? Kirlenko. Dude left like 7-9 mill on the table to join this circus….

  • Sérgio

    Gold.

  • Evan Boland

    Yep. Crazy.

  • The Philosopher

    No comment…

  • beenbanned4life

    It’s no secret that Kidd is a f***in’ psycho. Just look at his eyes, JUST LOOK AT HIS EYES!!!!!!

  • Smits#45

    I will do that just to sit courtside. Oh wait…

  • j

    AK probably got something on the side from his russian billionaire comrade

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  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon

    Lopez gets destroyed? LOL

  • the rain

    What games you watching?

  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon

    All there games so back your statements.

  • LakeShow

    The T-Wolves would be beasting with him. Stupid…

  • the rain

    Lopez scores garbage points when the game is way gone already and sits on the bench in a disinterested manner

  • Cortez Mack

    I assume Kidd’s problem with Frank is that he has never played basketball (H.S., college or professional).

    So, when he come to give Kidd some direction on what should happen on the court, Kidd is like, “Fool, how in hell would you know? You are giving me theories. While I was directing team’s on the court and becoming legendary, you were reading books”.

    Injuries are the primary reason for the Nets issues, not Kidd.

  • Max

    I think it’s pretty tough to get good shots within the offense if you just play 5-6 minute spans with all those starters who also need the ball which may make him force it a little/ be hesitant.
    Or he’s just really really old.

  • Max

    Isn’t Brook Lopez one of the most effective 1st quarter scorers?
    Last year he was for sure.

  • Max

    I was expecting your “You outshocked the SE” line..

  • the rain

    He needs to be a factor in the second half like the 3rd quarter

  • Max

    Sure, but those are not garbage points when the game is way over allready.

  • shockexchange

    Hey hey, let’s not get carried away Max.

  • the rain

    he scores lots of garbage points in dead games and sits on the bench a huge amt

  • Tarzan Cooper

    greatest comment in the history of western civilization. thank you sir.

  • robb

    he doesn’t like it over there. He’s unhappy, when you’re old and unhappy you suck.

  • LakeShow

    Tell us what you really think??

    Good explanation haha.

  • http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjIeIA3G2s5UPQfRPYFyFDw Hart26

    Kidd, still killing coaches…..

  • Junkie

    Guys Fantasy question, would you trade KLove and Kemba for Ty Lawson and Kyrie and why?

  • Fitzy

    no K-Love is a machine. Kemba isn’t havin too shabby a year either.

  • Darksaber

    He admonished Frank openly a week into the season? Nice.
    Get rid of Kidd already, obviously the team has tuned out, wouldn’t you when you are playing for a guy who you were handling fairly easily just 6 months earlier? Especially when that guy’s Point God status hasn’t translated to instant coaching cred?
    Your marketing move has backfired badly, Prokhorov.

  • brothasdontsurf

    i feel like no one likes/respects lawrence frank

  • pposse

    who knows maybe Jason Kidd and Lawrence Frank have a Kenny Powers and Stevie relationship.

  • Mike From Spain

    Defensive lineup for the Wolves if AK47 had never gone away: Rubio, Brewer, AK47, Mbah A Moute, and Gorgui Dieng… The only problem is that no one can shoot, but teams would have trouble to score against these 5

  • Lloyd

    I used to have no doubt that his mid-range was going down. Now it seems like every shot’s a prayer.

  • Lloyd

    That’s worse than a coach that can’t coach?

  • Dfrance

    Probably a little bit of both.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Check your facebook inbox messages and click other tab

  • Saleem Rainman

    welcome back. i look forward to battling u in the future.

  • LakeShow

    Just stick Love in one of those spots and that squad has the best of both worlds.

    Dammit!

  • retrobat

    Absolutely not. K-Love is, I wanna say, a top four fantasy pic. He gets you 3s, Double Doubles, decent FG% and tons of rebounds. Kemba is doing well this year too. Ty and Kemba are a wash for me and Kyrie is not greater than K-Love in regards to fantasy.

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